Forestry news relevant to WH members
88 pages of topical articles about forestry, woodworking. research and education.
Since 1994 through the inspiration of our late Patron, Peter Garthwaite OBE, we have supported foresters of all ages to travel to many countries to study aspects of forestry, or wood processing outside the UK. Some twenty years on many of these individuals remain in touch and are still putting their experiences to good use. Previous countries include the USA, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, France, Croatia, Ireland, Latvia, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Austria and Canada.
The Trustees of Woodland Heritage continue to invite applications for bursaries to study an aspect of forestry or wood processing outside the UK.
Applicants must either be forestry practitioners in the UK, or intending to become so after completing a forestry education. Preference will be given to those whose interests are in the production of high quality timber. Applications for support on compulsory tours (e.g. as part of a University group) will not be considered, nor will retrospective applications.
Should be sent to Lewis Scott and should contain details of the proposed travel including costs and a brief (1 page maximum) CV. Applicants should also ask one independent referee to write separately and in confidence to Lewis Scott in support of their application.
Successful applicants will be expected to produce a short article/report with photographs on their travel for publication in the Woodland Heritage Journal and/or website.
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1. Create a new and stronger market 'pull' for the array of products derived from our forests and woodlands.
2. Develop private sector funding that supports the planting and management of forests and woodlandsthrough funding from corporates as part of their corporate social responsibility
3. Connect together and harness the positive energy and feelings towards our forests andwoodlands that many in our society share to create a strong 'wood culture'. A wood culture that captures personal health and fitness, well-being, community and encouragesuse of more wood and forest products.
Grown in Britain has cross Government support and the potential to make a lasting difference to the forestsand woodlands of Britain.
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These pages provide advice that is specific to England's woodlands and are intended to work alongside the expert advice available from the Great Britain and Forest Research web pages. This resource is intended to support the implementation of the revised 'UK Forestry Standard' and new 'Forest and Climate Change Guidelines'.
Visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/climatechangeengland for more information.
We urgently need funds to research and combat ACUTE OAK DECLINE (AOD).
Also, please do use your networks to spread the word.
Click here to download our appeal in pdf along with a donation form
We need to act now! Or future generations will not forgive.
To read more about AOD: Forest Research Acute Oak Decline
Please send donations made payable to 'Woodland Heritage':
Woodland Heritage, P.O. Box 168, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1XQ
by Lewis Scott
Leader article from the latest Woodland Heritage Journal (2010)
Will we be investing in the vital management and aftercare of the saplings to ensure that they grow into high quality timber trees with tall clean stems for future generations to inherit?
"What if Britain's most iconic and important broadleaf tree, the native Oak was to be reduced to a shadow of its current level?
Surely it is unthinkable that we could be without them?"
-An article about about Acute Oak Decline (AOD)- by Sandra Denman, Forest Research Scientist
Forest Research (Forestry Commission) has published some guidelines about managing AOD:
Read more about Acute Oak Decline and download "Forestry Commission Practice Note 15": Forest Research Acute Oak Decline
This is a selection of what media and newspapers have written or broadcasted about the dangers and spread of Acute Oak Decline (AOD), and the urgent need for research and funding:
BBC West Midlands - Inside Out: Acute Oak Decline at Attingham Park, by Clive Dunn.
The article includes a 1:35 min video
Podcast BBC Radio 4 A Point of View, with Simon Schama: 'The tree that shaped Britain' [click the link to read the transcript in BBC News Magazine or click here to listen to the podcast in BBC iPlayer 07/05/2010]
Forestry Commisssion's Practice Note FCPN015 'Managing Acute Oak Decline', by Sandra Denman, Susan Kirk and Joan Webber
The Independent Disease threatens to fell Britain's historic oak trees
The Independent Now Britain's oaks face killer disease
BBC News Oak disease 'threatens landscape'
The Telegraph Mysterious new disease threatens oak trees
The Guardian New oak tree disease could 'change British landscape', experts warn
Mirror British woodlands hit by new killer disease
AOL News Oak disease 'could alter landscape'
Herald 24 Deadly disease confirmed in Hoddesdon woodland